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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / 2017 Summer fireworks
« on: July 10, 2017, 01:00:24 AM »
Hey Peeps,
Time to dust off those Jinbeis and Yukatas if you are staying in the ken for the summer!
Here are the upcoming fireworks in Yamanashi for the Summer season of 2017~

The 3 biggest ones have been marked with a #

July 22 (Sat) 2017   60th Fuefukigawa summer evening fireworks, Yamanashi-Shi
About 3000 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 30,000 people

# July 26 (Wed) 2017    2nd Annual Jack Fireshow, Jack's house
About 2 sparklers, 2016 Attendees - Approx 1 person

Be warned...early reports suggest that this year's attendees will at least double when the Brazilian contingent are taken into account. Expect congestion and a lack of seating space.

July 29 (Sat) 2017   Yatsugatake Horse Show in Kobuchizawa, Hokuto
1500 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 14,500 people

August 1 (Tue) 2017   Lake Yamanaka Homizuumi-sai,   Minamitsuru Gun Yamanakako Village
about 8000 fireworks in 4 places, 2016 Attendees – Approx 80,000 people

August 2 (Wed) 2017   Lake Saiko - Dragon Palace Festival fireworks, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
700 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 5000 people

August 3 (Thu) 2017   Lake Motosu,   Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
1000 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 3000 people

August 4 (Fri) 2017   Lake Shoji Ryomizuumi-sai, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
300 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 2500 people

#August 5 (Sat) 2017   Lake Kawaguchiko Festival (Kojosai), Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
About 10,000 fireworks , 2016 Attendees – Approx 120,000 people

August 6 (Sun) 2017   9th Hokuto Hometown Festival, Hokuto shi
About 1000 fireworks , 2016 Attendees – Approx 18,000 people

#August 7 2017 (Mon)   29th Jinmei Festival,Nishiyatsushiro Gun Ichikawa Misato
About 24 000 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 240,000 people

August 8 (Tue) 2017   40th Oshino Hakkai Festival, Minamitsuru, Oshino-Village
8888 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 30,000 people

August 13th (Sat) – 15th (Mon) Fujikyu Highland Evening fireworks.
Unknown (Secret?) number of fireworks. , 2016 Attendees – Unknown

August 15 (Tue) 2017   Nanbu Fire Festival, Minamikoma Gun, Nanbu
About 3000 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 38,000 people

August 16 (Wed) 2017   Takeda Jinbotsu Shoshi fireworks, Nirasaki
About 6600 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 40,000 people

#August 21st (Mon) 2017   53rd  Isawa Onsen fireworks festival, Fuefuki, Isawa Onsen
About 10 000 fireworks , 2016 Attendees – Approx 150,000 people
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YETI Events / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2017
« on: January 11, 2017, 05:37:00 PM »
Hi Everybody,
A quick update for you.

1) The trip is at 159 people at the moment, so we have about 15 spots left. When we get down to 5 spots, I am going to have to make a waiting list and then play tetris with the rooms. But rest assured, I will do my best to fit everyone in.

To check most of your details, apart from the gear rental, scroll down this post.
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9274.0

2) Hoodies and polos deadline is today. After that, if you want one, I’ll have to ask the printer and play it by ear

3) As we are getting closer, I’ll be putting up messages from time to time with important stuff.
Probably Friday, I’ll release the gear rental stuff for you guys to check and room assignments will be done after Monday, along with meal times.

4) At the moment, I have to use a number of rooms that don’t have an ensuite bathroom, but are very close to the toilet and onsen. If you are ok with being placed in them, they’ll be 1000 yen cheaper. Could you get in touch with me if you are ok with that? At the moment, the available rooms can hold up to 4 (x2), 6 (x2) and 8 people.
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YETI Events / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2017
« on: December 19, 2016, 07:43:57 AM »
Hi Everyone,
As the winter break is coming up, work is winding down for most of us and some of us will be heading off home. Infact, some already are home and I will be off next week too. So I thought I’d give you an update about the event before that. I will be checking things whilst I am away though, so I should respond pretty quickly.

1) The trip now has 120 RSVPs which is HUGE. I have booked some rooms at a hotel 2-3 mins walk from the main hotel and can now accommodate 160 people (up from 140).

2) The printer of the hoodies has asked to do the printing in two batches so that he can get everything done in time for Jan 20th. So I will be sending him the current order of hoodie and polos on Tuesday. If you want me to print it after Jan 11th,  LET ME KNOW ASAP.
Please check above for what I have noted for you

Just scroll down and see your order. Anything with a * is being sent.

3) If you have changes to anything, let me know. I will not be able to check posts that have been edited. So if you do edit them, let me know by tagging me

Have a great holiday and I’ll see you in January!
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YETI Events / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2017
« on: November 30, 2016, 03:19:18 PM »
Hey,
I've processed all of the above RSVPs!

Katherine/Stephen - That's all good!
Jack - Also all good. Get back to me if you want a hoodie ot polo. Also, once you know what Julia needs, you can either post here or through the FB event.
Charlie - Ditto for Mako
Sara - I just want more and more interesting tidbits from you every year! Also,yes...apparently it is gone now. I was surprised too.  They do have a their original branch near Happo One ( I believe). And good work reading the whole FAQ too.
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YETI Events / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2017
« on: November 28, 2016, 10:34:47 PM »
TL:DR


A few changes from last year
- Prices for the hotel have gone up by 600 yen unfortunately
- However, everyone gets a 1000 yen voucher valid at both a newly opened restaurant and coffee bar next to the slopes
- Higher material price have meant the hoodie has gone up 300 yen
- The hotel is providing a shuttle bus to the onsen down the road
- Still nomihoudai at the party

And here is the RSVP



1. Name :
 
2. Which package are you taking? (i.e. staying 2 nights and 2 day pass (Saturday and Sunday) for Hakuba Goryu)
Do you want a double room (limited availability)?
Do you want a quad room (limited availability) ?
 
3. Gear Rental: Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what: (skis,board or blades / boots / clothing)
    Shoe size:  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
    Gloves/Goggles? Size (S/M/L)?
    Helmet? (S/M/L)?
 
4. Lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing? if so, which level?
Ski levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/ski-lesson-levels
Boarding levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/snowboard-lesson-levels

Further details in the FAQ

5. Do you want a polo shirt? A hoodie? What size and name (20 characters max) ?
 
6. Transport Situation? (i.e. got a ride, need a ride, taking the train etc)

7. For Saturday’s dinner, would you like to eat at 5.30pm or 6.30pm? Or is either ok?
N.B. Due to the size of our group, those with dietary restrictions will have to eat at the 5.30 sitting.   

8. Would you be interested in using the shuttle bus to the Hotel Hakuba Goryu Onsen? (See the FAQ)
   
9. Other Information: (planning to stay only one night / dietary restrictions / etc)
 
If you came last year and want to know your sizes, here is last years list.
 
Jan 2016 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lr1xOxioTDaRuVUs0LK_jOPbH2Hy5pjszrAJ0EM6W18/edit?usp=sharing
Feb 2016 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lZfmgWTKyxtmLEAuPib92OJo-5qohDpABemiAfINeao/edit?usp=sharing
- There are still only 3 double rooms at the hotel, but we are looking to see if we can get 5 more at a different hotel. No guarantees, but I'll let you know as soon as they are confirmed.


- Hoodies and polos are on hold for the time being. Hopefully I can come back with good news about that soon.
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YETI Events / YETI Ski Trip 2017
« on: November 28, 2016, 10:21:41 PM »
YETI Ski Trip 2017.
 
What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: January 20th(pm)-22nd/23rd 2017
Where: Lady Diana and St. Georges hotel, Hakuba Goryu Resort, Nagano (http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF)
http://www.ladydiana.jp/en/winter/
http://www.hakubaescal.com/winter/
If you’ve been on the trip before, skip to the post below this one.
 
Costs:
14,600 yen ( 2 nights accommodation), 2 day weekend Ski pass for either Hakuba Goryu/Iimori/47 or Happo one* (+7500), 1 day weekend pass (+4500), Weekday pass (+3000 per day).
500 yen returnable ski pass deposit (For Goryu)
Double/Twin bedrooms are available at 4000 yen extra (per couple). There are only 2 rooms (perhaps 3), so book early. However, I am looking into more rooms in a hotel a few minutes away.
One 4 bed room is available for 4,000 yen extra (per 4 people).

*If you are interested in Happo-one passes, please read the FAQ below.
 
Included in that price is a 1000 yen voucher for a restaurant and cafe that are opening this year. The voucher is valid all weekend (More details below). Additionally, we have Saturday night's party which is held in the function room of the hotel. Things to note about the party...
 
- This year it is nomihoudai again!!!
- There will be a boat race again!
- Some snacks will be provided.
- Hopefully, we will also have a DJ there too,
 
 
*** YETI members get a 1000 yen discount ***
Rental Gear
 - Skis/Board/Blades + Boots - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
 - Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800
 - Goggles - 500/1000
 - Gloves - 500/1000
 - Helmet - 1000/2000
 - Lessons – 5250yen for a half day lesson
 

PLEASE RSVP ASAP or by January 14th. The clothing deadline is Jan 11th.

The Plan:

Friday PM
  • Arrive in Hakuba
  • Check in and pay
  • Socialize

Saturday AM
  • Breakfast
  • Collect your pass and rental gear
  • Meet the instructors and hit the slopes

Saturday PM
  • Onsen, dinner, relax
  • PARTY TIME

Sunday AM
  • Breakfast
  • hit the slopes
  • Or do whatever you want  :-)

Sunday PM
  • Return passes and rental gear
  • Head home unless you're staying an extra day!

Monday     
  • Enjoy your extra day on the slopes

Hey! What am I getting for my money?
- Friday and Saturday night accommodation with a late checkout on Sunday if needed
- Discounted lift passes
- 3 meals (breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday)
- A 1000 yen voucher to use at Base - Burger and beers and Base - Coffee and Donuts
- Saturday night party - Nomihoudai, Boat race, Music and possibly a DJ too.
- A shuttle bus to a nearby onsen
 
For a little extra...
Rental gear and lessons are available for the above prices.
 
The package can be changed depending on how many nights you want to stay. However, let us know in advance especially if you have dietary restrictions.
 
Polo Shirts and Hoodies are also available. More about that later on.
 
How do I get there?
By Car: (http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF)

Most people will be travelling by car and carpooling is usually the cheapest option.
 
-Tolls one way are about 3,000yen from the Kofu area (differs according to area).
- For that old-school feel, please see attached files for directions from Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Nagoya. Directions from Chiba are not as detailed though.
- Check out this webcam on route 148 to see realtime weather conditions in the area.
http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcam-hakuba-roads-nagano
 
By Chartered Van / Bus.
 
For those who are not able to get rides, I will help organise transport. This depends on there being a valid-licence holding driver to drive the rental van.
 
Approximate costs:
- Vans from Kofu : 6500 yen round trip or 7500 from Fujiyoshida.
- For those outside Yamanashi, get in touch with your co-ordinators, otherwise myself to make arrangements.
 
By public transport?
Trains from Kofu:
Local :3000 yen one way, 5 hours (Get off at Kamishiro)
Express : 5400 yen one way, 3 hours (Get off at Hakuba)

- Shizuoka
Only expensive train options. Over 10,000yen one way! ShizAJET will be organising cheaper transport.
 
-Nagoya train
 Take an express from Nagoya station to Matsumoto and then a local towards Hakuba, getting off at Kamishiro. Price is approx 6500-7000 yen one way.
 
- Chiba/Tokyo buses
(Straight to Hakuba Goryu) http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/hakuba_shinjuku/ (Timetable marked Timetable (Dec. 17, 2016 - Mar. 31, 2017))
http://highway-buses.jp/hakuba/   {As above but in English}
 

Shirt Info
The official YETI Ski trip 2017 polo shirts and hoodies is designed by Katherine Vos! Here is the mockup of the designs for you!
There is a back and front print, and you can have a name of your choosing printed on the front (limit 20 characters Japanese or Romaji).
 
 
  • Polo Shirt - 3200 yen
  • Hoodie -  4500 yen

The shirts are available from SS to 5L size. Check out your size below before ordering.


Available in the following sizes
 
Polo shirt
           Body     Chest       Shoulder   Sleeve
          Length   Width        Width      Length
            (cm)       (cm)          (cm)          (cm)
 
SS        63           45            40          20
S          67           48            42          21
M         71           51            44          22
L          75           54            46          23
LL        77           57            48          24
3L        78           60            50          24
4L        81           63            52          25
5L        83           66            54          26
 
Hoodie
 
           Body     Chest        Sleeve
          Length   Width        Length
            (cm)     (cm)          (cm)
 
S          62           52           57
M         66           55            60
L          70           58            61
LL        75           63            62
3L        80           68            63
 
 

I'm so down!! What do I do now?
Well the next step is to RSVP! When you RSVP, please tell me the following.
 
RSVP in this format

1. Name :
 
2. Which package are you taking? (i.e. staying 2 nights and 2 day pass (Saturday and Sunday) for Hakuba Goryu)
Do you want a double room (limited availability)?
Do you want a quad room (limited availability) ?
 
3. Gear Rental: Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what: (skis,board or blades / boots / clothing)
    Shoe size:  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
    Gloves/Goggles? Size (S/M/L)?
    Helmet? (S/M/L)?
 
4. Lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing? if so, which level?
Ski levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/ski-lesson-levels
Boarding levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/snowboard-lesson-levels

Further details in the FAQ

5. Do you want a polo shirt? A hoodie? What size and name (20 characters max) ?
 
6. Transport Situation? (i.e. got a ride, need a ride, taking the train etc)

7. For Saturday’s dinner, would you like to eat at 5.30pm or 6.30pm? Or is either ok?
N.B. Due to the size of our group, those with dietary restrictions will have to eat at the 5.30 sitting.   

8. Would you be interested in using the shuttle bus to the Hotel Hakuba Goryu Onsen? (See the FAQ)
    
9. Other Information: (planning to stay only one night / dietary restrictions / etc)
 
If you came last year and want to know your sizes, here is last years list.
 
Jan 2016 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lr1xOxioTDaRuVUs0LK_jOPbH2Hy5pjszrAJ0EM6W18/edit?usp=sharing
Feb 2016 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lZfmgWTKyxtmLEAuPib92OJo-5qohDpABemiAfINeao/edit?usp=sharing
 
If you have any questions, read the FAQ and if that doesn't cover it, then ask on here as there are bound to be more people who don't understand!
 
FAQ
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am working on Saturday!

Fret not. There is an option to stay on the Sunday and Monday. You will just have to get yourselves to Hakuba and I can sort everything out. If there is enough demand from a certain region i.e. Kofu, I can hire a van for the group. Don't forget that you can also stay on Monday, making it a 3-day weekend and enjoy the quieter slopes.
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am terrible at budgeting
Generally, I only take the money when you arrive at the hotel as it is easier for me to collect all the money in one place... well relatively. It also means that certain things can be changed on Friday night if we have the flexibility. However, if you cancel, you will be liable for those things that I have already paid for/ cannot get out of.
If you are having cash flow issues, just let me know and we'll work something out.
This year, a number of people have wanted to pay some/all the money upfront so that they can't spend it. If you want to take this option, you can furikomi the money to me. Just get in touch and I will send you my bank details.
 
Hold on? If I take nenkyuu, can I get in on this Monday option and have a 3 day trip?
Yep, you certainly can. It’ll just cost extra.


I’m interested in the Happo one passes. What’s the deal with that?

Hakuba Goryu/Iimori/47 and three interlinked skifields located about 7 mins walk from our hotel and the pass works on all of the lifts there. The lessons will be held at Iimori ski field.
Happo one is a ski field located about a 15min drive away. If you wish to go there, you’ll need to make sure that you have your own transport. I can do passes for Saturday or Saturday and Sunday, but not Sunday only. You’ll be given a voucher for your pass which is exchanged at Happo with a 500 yen deposit for the pass.

What are these 1000 yen vouchers?
Japan Powder is opening up a restaurant,  called Base - Burgers and beers, which is just outside the Escal plaza. See the attached PDF for their prices (Fried Chicken prices TBC).  They are also opening a cafe called Base - Coffee and donuts on the site of the old Alaskan Burger which will do doughnuts and hotdrinks, again see the attached PDF.
The voucher is worth 1000 yen and is valid at either place but you won't get any change back from it. It also can't be split between the two.
The restaurant is forecast to hold 40-50 people and the cafe about 20. With a group our size, if you could possibly stagger your visit, that would help them out a lot!

 
What is the accommodation like?
Rooms are ensuite ryokan style with heaters, towels, shampoo and body soap. Rooms are generally 5-9 people per room.
Lady Diana has separate sex onsens that will be open for the duration of the trip. More details further down
Double/Twin rooms are 4000 yen per room extra (i.e. 2000 per person) but are in limited supply. The one quad bedroom is 1000 yen per person extra.  Book early to avoid disappointment! I am looking at extra rooms in a nearby hotel and will let you know if I am successful.

 
What is the sausage room/taco room?
AKA the boys room/girls room. As there are so many people coming from Yamanashi, some of the guys get their own room together, as do the girls. They are affectionately know as the Sausage room and Taco room.

Where do I get my rental equipment?
Your rental equipment will be delivered to the basement of St Georges hotel or outside Lady Diana in the morning and labelled for you. The prices are really low as the equipment is a few years old and will do the job for beginners and casual boarders/skiers. If you are serious about your snow sports and equipment, then you will need to go to the resort plaza and pay serious prices.
 
Here are sample prices
http://spicy.co.jp/rental/winter/
http://www.hakuba-rental.com/rental-prices-english.php
 
They are roughly 4000-5250/7200-11550 yen for 1day/2days for the good stuff.
 
What if it doesn’t fit?
As always, sizes aren't always exact. Try everything on in the morning and the rental guy(s) will be there to change things for you if need be. Please bear in mind that English may not be their first language. For those of you worried about being extra small/big, don’t worry! We have always been able to accommodate people at the far end of the scale.
 
Here are some conversion charts for you to help you.
 
http://convertalot.com/clothing.html
Mens Shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_mens.htm
Womens shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_womens.htm
 

I have my own coat and stuff. Is it good enough? Or do I go with the rental stuff?
I turn to my good friend Sachi for this…
“You don’t have to rent clothes. If you have a winter jacket, you'd hope it would protect you from snow which occurs in winter. The rental gear option is more for the people that are new to winter sports, or winter in general, that might not have winter equipment. Some ALTs come from tropical climates and would never need to buy useless heavy warm jackets that you might need in your home country. I had never seen snow before I came to Japan and the only time I saw my breath was when I was getting stuff from a freezer. If your gear can handle snow and cold, then there shouldn't be a problem.
 
Don’t forget you will fall over a bit, especially when you're learning, so I highly recommend you double check your shit is waterproof!
 
Sach”
 
I have my own equipment but I can't get it in the car.
Either find someone who can take it up for you, or Kuroneko's Ski Takkyubin delivery service is an option at under 3500 yen return trip for most people. You may need to buy their carrier at 240/500 yen.
 
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/personal/ski/
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/send/ta_q_bin/shinetsu/
 
The address to send it to is
Resort Hotel Lady Diana & St. Georges
22200-75, Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, NAGANO, JAPAN 399-9211
TEL: 0261-753 525
 
Do I need snow tyres? I have never driven in the snow
YES! You can drive on summer tyres if you want and I cannot stop you. However, depending on the weather, the police may be doing spot checks on the expressways and on the way to the ski fields. If you do not have snow tyres, then they will turn you back. This has been the case for three out of the last four years.
Additionally, should you have an accident on summer tyres your insurance will not cover you as someone found out four years back.
Chains are an alternative but best to have them on all four tyres.
If you are not experienced/confident about driving in the snow, just take it easy and be gentle with your braking, acceleration and steering. If cars behind you are pressurising you, then let them pass you.
 
Can I board one day and ski the other?
Of course. Just tell me which day for which, before the RSVP date and the prices will the same.
Changing your mind during the course of the trip may be a little tricky though.

What if I decide not to hit the slopes on the second day? Can I get a refund for my pass/equipment? How about adding an extra day.
If you can tell me ASAP about changes, the easier it is for me to change things. If you want to change things during the trip, it can be tricky. I will have paid for the passes and equipment by the time we are there. As a rule, it is easier to add things than to take them away. Whatever the case, I will do my best.

What if I need extra equipment such as bumpads?

There are shops in the Escal plaza at the bottom of Goryu ski field that can supply you with everything.

What about Luuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnncccccccccccchhhhhhh ™ ?
Lunch?  The ski fields all have a choice of restaurants including a Subway and a Mos Burger and also serve hot drinks and beer. Food ranges from tradition Japanese fare to western dishes too.
Pack enough money to cover your lunch and beverages. Obviously, you will all have a voucher to use at Burgers and Beers too, but it is also nice to have choices too. Besides, you may also use the voucher for liquid refreshments.

I’ve never seen snow in my life… am I going to fail miserably?
Hells no! Even the pros had to learn somehow. There will always be a friendly face somewhere who will give you a few pointers. Everyone has a different learning curve and you will revel in the camaraderie.

Can I get lessons?
Yes! Five antipodean instructors are booked for Saturday morning, exclusively for beginners. If there is enough demand, afternoon lessons for intermediate and higher will be provided. Pick up is at 8.30am(provisionally) to take you to the bunny slope. SO DON’T GO ON YOUR OWN.  A few years ago, one person decided to go on their own and ended up at the wrong ski field. Please try your stuff early in the morning, before breakfast as it may take some time to change things.
The AM session will be from 9am to 12pm, PM from 1pm to 4pm. Please judge your level on a scale of 0-6 with 0 being total beginner and 6 being advanced when RSVPing. The classes may come down to majority rule.

Ski levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/ski-lesson-levels
Boarding levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/snowboard-lesson-levels


Where are the nearest onsens? And what is this about a shuttle?
As luck would have it, the hotel has it’s own onsens. There are separate male and female facilities and they will be open for the duration of our trip.

There are also onsens in the local area but even the nearest one is a few minutes drive away, with a popular one being the one at the Hotel Hakuba Goryu.

https://goo.gl/maps/eSewes15mYH2
http://www.hotelhakubagoryu.jp/onsen/index.html
A lot of people like to go to this one and I can usually get discounted tickets for this onsen.

The hotel is happy with shuttling people to and from the onsen as they have a 23 seater bus. Tentatively, the schedule is

5.00pm - Shuttle to the onsen for those eating at the 6.30 sitting
5.30pm - Early dinner sitting
6.15pm - Shuttle back for those eating at the 6.30 sitting
6.30pm - Early dinner sitting
6.45pm - Shuttle to the onsen for those who ate at the 5.30 sitting
8.00pm - Shuttle back for those who ate at the 5.30 sitting
 
I don’t really like big parties, what else is there to do on Saturday night?
Not everyone is into drinking and partying. Every year, some people hang out in the lobby upstairs or in their rooms and chat one-to-one or play games. One year, we even had a bible study session. There are options for everyone.


I want to come for the party but don’t want to be on the slopes, what do I do?

Snow penises, movies, knitting, p0rn, play boardgames, borrow a car and visit the beautiful scenery… the options are endless. Last year, 25 people came for the craic.
 
 
So RSVP people as soon as possible and give me as much info as possible. Any questions are welcome.




RSVPs


1.   Abby Ryder
2.   Adrienna Wu
3.   Ai Nomura
4.   Aimee Lozano
5.   Aki Yoshida
6.   Aleesa Johnson
7.   Alethia Paredes
8.   Alex Quindoy
9.   Amber Hilton
10.   Anastasia Ivanova
11.   Andrew Carlson
12.   Andrew Olson
13.   Andy Schneider
14.   Anne Kanamori
15.   Anya Destiney
16.   Ariel Kane
17.   Ashley Hirasuna
18.   Ashly Oros
19.   Ashton Turnball
20.   Becca Butler
21.   Belen Betancourt
22.   Ben Ogawa
23.   Bonnie Ewart-Fisher
24.   Brandon Moore
25.   Brian Glynn
26.   Caitlin Pickert
27.   Charlie Cook
28.   Cheryl Coyle
29.   Chika Jaggard
30.   Chika Uchida
31.   Chrissie Beverley
32.   Christian Garcia
33.   Cindy Perez
34.   Claire Seney
35.   Colin Gamm
36.   Colin Liddicote
37.   Corey Hart
38.   Crystal Sandoval
39.   Curt Hemsoth
40.   Daniel Lawson
41.   David Beggs
42.   David Garwood
43.   Denica Shute
44.   Derek Rugge
45.   Devon Williams
46.   Devyn Couch
47.   Dionne Hart
48.   Domhall McFarline
49.   Duke Jonkers
50.   Elise Reller
51.   Elliot Seeto
52.   Emily Arnold
53.   Emily McVey
54.   Emily Schneider
55.   Emma Sletteland
56.   Erim Gulum
57.   Eve Henty
58.   Forbes
59.   Frances Takemoto
60.   Fred De Condappa
61.   Fred Howells
62.   Harris Vu
63.   Henry Prosack
64.   Hideaki Fujiwara
65.   Hideki Takahashi
66.   Hilary Reynolds
67.   Hiroko Noto
68.   Ian Lutz
69.   Ian Wu
70.   Issei Futohashi
71.   Ivy Cheng
72.   Jack Brennan
73.   Jackie Pedroses
74.   Jackqueline Decker
75.   Jacob Wiering
76.   James Hanlon
77.   James Owen
78.   James Rankin
79.   Jamila Brown
80.   Janel Polson
81.   Joe McCarthy
82.   John Shapiro
83.   Jonny Cosgrove
84.   Josh Anthony
85.   Joshua Graf
86.   Josie Scott
87.   Julia Rawnsley
88.   Julia Rodrigues
89.   Julian Perez
90.   Julie Mrozinski
91.   Kahl
92.   Kaia Range
93.   Kaitlyn Smith
94.   Kanako Matsuda
95.   Karla Guzman
96.   Katherine McNair
97.   Katherine Vos
98.   Keisuke Komaki
99.   Kelly Alexander
100.   Kendall Harris
101.   Kento Sakurai
102.   Kenya McQueen
103.   Kim Fulfs
104.   Kristen Elrod
105.   Kristen Wilson
106.   Kristina Skilling
107.   Kyle Wilson
108.   Laura Partida
109.   Lauren Porter
110.   Lillian Diep
111.   Lloyd Kimpton
112.   Lucas Grothaus
113.   Luke McDaneld
114.   Madeleine Phillips
115.   Makoto Shirakawa
116.   Maria Colunga
117.   Maria De La Paz Carucci
118.   Mark Stephen Horbury
119.   Matthew Bates
120.   Maxwell Huras
121.   Megan Doi
122.   Meryl Isa Jordan
123.   Michelle Tanner
124.   Moipone Kgatle
125.   Morgan Dalton
126.   Nancy Ngo
127.   Naomi Norton
128.   Narumi Amemiya
129.   Nathaniel Thierer
130.   Natsuko Mazany
131.   Nic Du Bois
132.   Nick McCabe
133.   Okada Asaki
134.   Pamela Tedjo
135.   Paul Dargon
136.   Rie Nakajima
137.   Rob Keleher
138.   Roger Lu
139.   Rosanna Tang
140.   Ryan Brookwell
141.   Ryuji Tominaga
142.   Sairus Delaney
143.   Sara Wells
144.   Sarah Starkey
145.   Shane Snead
146.   Shaun Meleady
147.   Sho Nakano
148.   Simone De Pascalis
149.   Sophie Schneider
150.   Steffi Kowlessar
151.   Stephanie Gomez
152.   Stephen Jackel
153.   Teresa Couture
154.   Theresa Pinhey
155.   Thomas Davis-Marin
156.   Thomas Joyce
157.   Toby Jones
158.   Travis Tokaruk
159.   Tristan Reid
160.   Umihiko Iwasa
161.   William Emerson
162.   Yuto Kitta



Dietary Needs

Katherine Vos - No peanuts              ピーナッツがだめ
PmAleesa Johnson -  No seafood     魚、いか、貝などの海の動物はだめ
Altethia Parades - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Paul Dargon - No Peanuts - severe allergy   ピーナッツがだめ
Sarah Starkey - No Dairy / no fish heads  乳製品・魚の頭はだめ
Ashton Turnball - No seafood 魚、いか、貝などの海の動物はだめ
Corey Hart - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Dionne Hary - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Brandon Moore - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Aimee Lozano - No shellfish, no milk (貝類アレルギー・牛乳がだめ)
Maria De La Paz Carucci - Vegetarian (Fish is OK)          ベジタリアン(魚が大丈夫)
Julia Rodrigues - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Erim Gulum - Muslim - No pork 豚肉 がだめ
Emily Schneider - No shellfish (Fri/Sat)                貝類[甲殻類]アレルギー及び
Steffi Kowlessar - No beef (牛肉がだめ)
Michelle Tanner - Vegetarian (ベジタリアン)
Moipone Kgatle - Vegetarian (ベジタリアン)
Amber Hilton -  Vegetarian (ベジタリアン)
Cheryl Coyle - Gluten-free (グルテンがだめ)
Lillian Diep - No Mushroom ( キノコだめ)





Lessons


 
Boarding
Anya Destiney - 3
Chika Jaggard - 1
Cindy Perez - 1
Karla Guzman - 1
Jackie Pedroso - 2
Elliot Seeto - 3 or 4
Joshua Graf - 1
Sarah Starkey - 1
Toby Jones - 1
Duke Jonkers - 1
Curt Hemsoth - 1
Nathaniel Thierer - 3
Michelle Tanner - 4
Stephanie Gomez - 1
Moipone Kgatle - 1
Mark Horbury- 1
Becca Butler - 3
Janel Polson - 1
Belen Betancourt - 1
Nancy Ngo - 1





Skiing
Lauren Porter-1
Julian Perez-1
Dionne Hart - 1
Ivy Cheng - 1
Thomas Joyce - 1
Brandon Moore - 1
Steffi Kowlessar - 1
Pamela Tedjo - 1
Madeleine Phillips - 2
Amber Hilton - 1
Devon Williams - 1
Sho Nakano






Clothing
 
Hoodies
 

*Jeff Moses - LL - No text
*Katherine Vos - L - キャサリン
*Stephen Jackel - L - スティーブン
Fred - LL - 風烈斗
*Christina Beverley - M - Christina Sensei
*Theresa Pinhey - M - Theresa
*Ryan Brookwell - L - Ryan
*Anya Destiney - L - 暗夜 運命
*Ian Wu - M - No text
*Thomas Davis-Marin - L - トーマス
*Kaitlyn Smith - S - No text
*Chika Jaggard - M - Emi Star
*Lauren Porter - S - ローレン
*Jackie Pedroso - LL - Jackie
*Rosanna Tang - L - Rose
*Elliot Seeto - 3L- 司徒
Hilary Reynolds - S - ヒラリー
Teresa Couture - M
*Crystal Sandoval - S - くりすたる
*Jacqueline Decker - M - Jacqueline Decker
*Toby Jones - M - Tj Man
*James Hanlon - M - Hames
*Tristan Reid - 3L - Tristan Reid
*Matt Bates - 3L - Matthew Bates
*Duke Jonkers - LL - SIR DUKE
*Claire Seney -  LL -  Claire T.
*Emily Arnold - L - No name
*Kendall Harris - LL - Kendall
*Curt Hemsworth - L, -  雪狼
*Kanako Matsuda - S - No text
*Cristina Guadalupe Rivera - M - Cristina
*Megan Doi - M - Megan
*Kaia Range - L - カイア
Maxwell Huras - XL - マクスェル
Andy Schnieder - LL - アンディ
Pamela Tedjo - M - パメラ
Kenya McQueen - M -ケニア マックイーン
Sho Nakano-- M -- Sho
Ryuji Tominaga-- S-- Ryuji
Janel Polson - M - ジャネル
 



Polos



Fred - LL- 風烈斗
*Cindy Perez - LL - シンデイー
*Kim Fulfs - 3L - Kim
*Ben Ogawa - M - Ryo
*Sarah Starkey - L  -  Starkers
*Ashton Turnball - M - TinyHat






Lady Diana (Doubles)

Stephen Jackel and Katherine Vos (308)
Jack Brennan and Julia (305)
Charlie Cook and Makoto Shirakawa (306)
Daniel Lawson and Eve Henty (Mont Blanc)
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Theresa Pinhey and Ryan Brookwell (not different hotel though)


El Monte (Triples)
Anya Destiney and James Hanlon  (Room 202)
Thomas Davis-Marin and Narumi Amemiya (Room 203)
David Garwood and Kelly Alexander (Room 207)
Tristan Reid and Christina (Room 208)
 Ashley Oros and crew…. (Room 211)
Hideki Takahashi and Chika Uchida (Room 212)
 Steffi Kowlessar, Michelle Tanner, Pamela Tedjo (Room 213)



Quad Room

Harris Vu, Joshua Graf, Luke McDaneld,  Natsuko Mazany(Lady Diana - 311)
John Shapiro, Bonnie Ewart-Fisher, Anne Kanamori, Travis Tokaruk (El Monte - B03)
Cheryl Sakurai & Guests (El Monte - B05)
6 tatami Room (El Monte - B02)



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Events Archive / Re: Spring Pub Quiz
« on: March 04, 2016, 02:42:43 PM »
I do try!
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Events Archive / Re: Spring Pub Quiz
« on: March 02, 2016, 10:06:37 AM »
I'll throw my hat into the ring too.
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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: 2016 Ski Trip II - Frozen Boogaloo
« on: February 16, 2016, 12:07:04 AM »
Hiya,
Another update for you all.
1) I have 96 RSVPs now and I have 7 spots left due to how many people the restaurant can hold for dinner. After that, I’ll have to create a standby list.
Details are here
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9249.0
2) The RSVP deadline for the trip is Feb 19th evening.  If you have to cancel after that and I can’t find anyone to fill your spot, there MAY be a cancellation fee to pay. I am hoping that there isn’t one and I always try to minimize it as best possible.
3) We still need some people to tell us what time they want to eat for dinner. There are 39 spots free for the early (6pm) sitting and 7 for the 7pm sitting. If I liked your post on the previous post, your preference has been noted.
4) After the last ski trip, this stuff was left over. Can anyone claim any of this?
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Jobs / Part time evening work near Joei station. From April
« on: February 12, 2016, 09:11:58 AM »
Effort Eikaiwa in Tamaho (A few minutes walk from Joei station) is looking for a part time teacher to work Thursday evenings and possibly other nights if you want.

You will be teaching various levels and it is pretty flexible, so I cannot give you any specifics at the moment. I believe that they are looking for only one teacher at the momet.

If you need more info, contact me and I’ll send you Yukari’s way. Yukari and Yuji are awesome people and I loved working for them before I moved to Enzan. If you want more info, Giseli also works for them at the moment.

Cheers,

Fred
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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: 2016 Ski Trip II - Frozen Boogaloo
« on: February 09, 2016, 03:52:47 PM »
Cool cool. I've put Cheryl down for early unless told otherwise.
And the board thing is on my to-do list. I'll let you know when I get an answer.
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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: 2016 Ski Trip II - Frozen Boogaloo
« on: February 08, 2016, 03:02:03 PM »
Howdy Everyone,
18 days to go and we are sitting at 72 confirmed RSVPs which makes this a record for the February ski trip!

I have been chatting with the hotel management and we’ve managed to increase our booking from 60 to 72 people at the moment. We’re trying to increase it even further but it looks like other guests cancelling is our only hope at the moment. We still have our booking at Lady Diana, so can still accommodate people on the trip.

Having said that, we have had to split the dinner into two sittings, 6pm (Early) and 7pm (Late) with a maximum of 50 people for each. Can you please let us know if you prefer the early or late dinner with a comment/message on this post or to any of the organizers.

Cheers,

Fred
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Jobs / April 2016 - Business Classes
« on: January 29, 2016, 03:12:58 PM »
CES is seeking a teacher for a corporate class near Kokubo station (JR Minobu line - In the Showa general area) from April
2016.

Course duration is 20 lessons (renewable contract).

The day of the class is flexible as long as it is held on one of the
following - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 5:45-7:45pm.
All materials and support will be provided by CES.

Pay is 8,000 yen per class plus travel expenses.

We are expecting 3 classes and they HAVE to be held on different days.

It is fine to do only 1 of the 3 classes if that is all you are able to
do.

If you are interested in more details, please email or call Mark Bohan
on mark@cesjapan.co.jp or 06-6346-2148

Please mention that you saw this through YETI if you contact Mark.
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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: 2016 Ski Trip II - Frozen Boogaloo
« on: January 27, 2016, 03:07:15 PM »
That's great Terra. I have all of that sorted out for you.
I don't know if I can do a split board/ski rental for you. I am using a new company and still have to work out what is possible.

Also, what is your +1's name? I need that for the rentals and also to help work out the rooms.
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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / 2016 Ski Trip II - Frozen Boogaloo
« on: January 26, 2016, 11:36:21 AM »
***** Places will be allocated based on how quickly I receive your RSVP. A full RSVP is required; minor details can be adjusted later. Places are allocated chronologically*****

--- Please RSVP to me (Fred), otherwise.. ---
--- In Chiba, RSVP to Ellie May ---
--- In Gunma, RSVP to Sho Cereste ---
--- In Ishikawa, RSVP to Ishikawa AJET/Dan Campbell/Gerard Noakes ---
--- In Shizuoka, RSVP to Jeffrey Moses ---

==== You are more than welcome to invite your friends too! ====

**TL/DR - If you came on the January trip, it’s roughly the same format but the hotel is very swanky. There is no nomihoudai party but we have happy hour at the bar all weekend.  **

What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: February 26th (pm) – Feb 28th, 2016
Where: Aqua Alpine Hotel (http://www.aquaalpine.com/ - First 60 71 spaces) http://goo.gl/maps/W7sjE
Lady Diana and St. Georges (Overflow) http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF
 
2-night hotel stay - 16,000 yen (Sat.& Sun. breakfast, Sat. dinner)
+Goryu pass (1/2 days) - 4000/7000 yen
+Happo pass (1/2 days) - 4500/7500 yen

This trip, I am using a different rental company which has better equipment and has agreed to price match my previous deal.

Ski/Board + Boots - 1800/2800 yen for 1/2 days
Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800yen for 1/2 days
Goggles  - 500/1000yen for 1/2 days
Gloves  - 500/1000yen for 1/2 days
Helmet - 1000/2000yen for 1/2 days


There is a more detailed explanation below, but here is the basic RSVP format:

1. Name:
2. Which nights are you staying? Fri. and Sat or wanting to do an extra night?
3. What Ski pass do you want? 0/1/2/3-day pass? Would you like to go to Happo?
4. Gear Rental : Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what : (skis or board / boots / clothing etc)
    Shoe size :  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes Sizes – Please provide Japanese sizes, if possible
    Gloves/Goggles
    Helmet (Small / Medium / Large)
5. Skiing/Snowboarding lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing, and what level are you? (Beginner 1/2, Intermediate 3/4, Advanced 5/6)
6. Do you want to get a hoodie or polo from the January trip? If so, what size and what name do you want to personalise it with (maximum 20 characters)?
7. Transport: required / not required / a friend is driving me. Do you have a licence/IDP?
8. Do you have any dietary needs?
9. Other information or requests (roommate requests, want to stay a 3rd night, etc)


Here are the rental details from the January Trip.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lr1xOxioTDaRuVUs0LK_jOPbH2Hy5pjszrAJ0EM6W18/edit?usp=sharing



Need to know more?

The February Ski trip will be generally the same format as the January trip, so for those of who did not go on it, click the link below for the full explanation of January’s event.
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9247.0

The main differences are that we are staying at the Aqua Alpine Hotel, which is a 4-star hotel but no nomihoudai party.  A few of you have already been there, so will know how sweet it is and it is only a few minutes walk from the slopes. It is one of the best rated hotels in all of Hakuba on tripadvisor.com, having won various awards over the years.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1120615-d1234902-Reviews-Aqua_Alpine_Hotel-Hakuba_mura_Kitaazumi_gun_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html

This year, we’ve got the entire hotel to ourselves, which means there are 60 71 spots available. As this is a 4-star hotel, the rooms will have extra futons in them to bring the price down to something affordable. The package includes 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts and dinner on Saturday night. Normally, the prices are 13,000 to 22,000 yen per person per night excluding dinner.

There is also a possibility of adding extra days before or after the trip, let me know if you are interested in that.
After the first 60 71 spots are taken, any further guests will be placed at Lady Diana's (the same place as the January trip). There are no Double/Quad/Single night options at Aqua Alpine, but if we use Lady Diana, they will be these options.

There is no party room at the hotel. However, we can use the facilities of the hotel, including the lounge, bar and pool room. The bar will run happy hour for us all weekend.
Also, I have been sourcing tickets to Happo-One as priced above. Let me know if you are interested.

I can offer a 3-hour beginner lesson for 5250 yen on Saturday morning. I have hired one instructor for skiing and one for snowboarding.
Outside of this, the going rate is 7000 (am)/6000 (pm) yen per person for a 2-hour lesson. This can cover all levels and can be taken on Saturday/Sunday in either the morning or the afternoon.



RSVPS


1.   Fred De Condappa
2.   Terra Wright
3.   Tomohiro Nakazawa
4.   Ellie Michalik
5.   Angela Donley
6.   Sho Cereste
7.   Becky Robbins
8.   Jeff Moses
9.   Andy Shartzer
10.   May Milkins
11.   Jasmin Lau
12.   Scott Tulloch
13.   Alex Pianetta
14.   Kristen Roth
15.   Michael Martin
16.   Althia Paredes
17.   Stephen Jackel
18.   Kaitlyn Smith
19.   CT Chen
20.   Rachel Palmer
21.   Chrissie Beverley
22.   Felice Rafael
23.   Cheryl Schlitter
24.   Katherine Vos
25.   Taylor Welsh
26.   Chandre Davids
27.   Astin Moore
28.   Geneva Ged
29.   Sophia Chow
30.   Thomas Davis Marin
31.   Amanda Ramond
32.   Juli Boucree
33.   Laura Morgan
34.   Armand Lubbe
35.   Hiroshi Suzuki
36.   Kevin Gates
37.   Brian Glynn
38.   Rie Yamamoto
39.   Bruno Rawson
40.   Madeleine Ito
41.   Mitch Goddard
42.   Kimberely Smith
43.   Konomi Harasawa
44.   Josh Andrews
45.   Nathaniel Thierer
46.   Victor Pope
47.   Katie Danner
48.   Nicholas Knoske
49.   Ryan Coutant
50.   Chris Crooks
51.   Simon Robinson
52.   Wing Wong Hu
53.   Benjamin Ryo Ogawa
54.   Amy Louise Adair
55.   Emily McVey
56.   Sean Grannum
57.   Jonathan Cosgrove
58.   Dan Campbell
59.   Ben Palmer
60.   Hideaki Fujiwara
61.   Kyoko Yoshida
62.   Peter Fraser
63.   Michael Sheaf
64.   Chance Milligan
65.   Daniel Lawson
66.   Ashley Hirasuna
67.   Anya Destiney
68.   Adam Iwamoto
69.   Sayuri Itai
70.   Terrique Goldson
71.   Sairus Delaney
72.   Hilary Reynolds
73.   Collin D'Arcy
74.   Joe McCarthy
75.   Giseli Hirata
76.   Denica Shute
77.   Anthony Orlando
78.   Julian Andujar
79.   Jackie Andujar
80.   Hunter West
81.   Kevin Marr
82.   Derek Rugge
83.   Shane Snead
84.   Joseph Hilt
85.   Christian Garcia
86.   Maria Colunga
87.   Tiffany Drain
88.   Davis
89.   Kimberly Hammond
90.   Julio Sanchez
91.   Elliiot Seeto
92.   William Bailey
93.   Meryl Jordan
94.   Kristen Elrod
95.   Charlie Cook
96.   Mako Shirakawa



Dietary Needs

Terra Wright - Lactose intolerant, so no cream based foods    乳糖不耐症でクリーム入りの食べ物が禁止
May Milkins - No seafood, no beef (allergy) 海鮮類と牛肉が禁止
Ryan Coutant - Vegan ビーガン(畜産物が禁止)
Alethia Paredes - Vegatarian
Giseli Hirata - No bananas or Natto
Katherine Vos - No peanuts              ピーナッツが禁止
Angela Donley - strong irritation to tomato - can eat tomato sauce, but small quantities/ketchup are ok
Terrique Goldson - diet - vegetables, chicken and beef only
Daniel Lawson - Gluten-free    グルテンフリー
Nicholas Knoske - Allergic to squid and octopus
Collin D’Arcy - No lemons, bananas, or kiwi fruit
Hilary Reynolds - No meat
Joshua Andrews - No meat
Amanda Ramond - Vegetarian meal



Lessons

Boarding

Terra Wright - 0
Nathaniel Thierer - 0
Ryan Coutant - 0
Alethia Paredes - 0
Anya Destiney  - 1
Elliot Seeto - 4 ?



Skiing

Laura Morgan - 0
Chandre Davids - 1
Geneva Ged - 1
Sophia Chow - 0
Terrique Goldson - 0
Maddie Ito - 1



Hoodies

Kristen Roth - XL - Kristen
Bruno Rawson - XL - Bru Yes
Angela Donley - M - さくら
Benjamin Ryo Ogawa - M - RYO
Hilary Reynolds - M



Polos

Hiroshi Suzuki - XL - Hiroshi Suzuki
Nathaniel Thierer - L - ネイト
Cheryl Schlitter  - L?  - シェーロ
Wing-wong Hu -S -
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Junior High School / Re: Reading Games
« on: December 24, 2015, 11:39:55 AM »
I don't teach JHS, but ugh...Katakana. It sounds like the reading is like pulling teeth and you are looking for a less painful way to go about it.
Sorry if I can't be of any help on that.
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Events Archive / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2016
« on: December 18, 2015, 07:05:51 PM »
Hey Everyone,
I just wanted to give you an update on the event. We are currently sitting at 66RSVPs across all of the kens, which is a very healthy situation to be in. The double rooms are gone, but I am sourcing some more. The quad room is currently available.

Things are going well and fingers crossed that we’ll get oodles of snow soon. We will be fine in January, just December is looking a bit pants.

If you are interested in inviting friends from other kens, you are more than welcome to.
The ski trip actually has events in other prefectures, which you can point people to.

Tokyo - https://www.facebook.com/events/1527363440908265/ (Also serves Saitama, Kanagawa)
Ishikawa - https://www.facebook.com/events/1656985331206634/
Chiba - Let me know and I can invite your friend to the event
Gunma - https://www.facebook.com/events/541072286045911/
Shizuoka - https://www.facebook.com/events/992464100839214/

If you have friends coming from Tokyo, I have rented a bus for this trip and they are welcome to use it. As long as there are atleast 38 people on the bus, the price is going to be between 7700 and 8700 per person return. Pick up from Shinjuku on Friday 22nd Jan at 8pm and takes you straight to the door. Return will be Sunday, departure 4 or 5pm.

Thanks a lot everyone, I’m looking forward to a great trip.
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Events Archive / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2016
« on: December 09, 2015, 12:58:06 AM »
No worries. Get back to me about Happo when you get a chance to work things out.
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Events Archive / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2016
« on: November 30, 2015, 11:06:35 AM »
Ben -  Thanks! Hoodie or Polo? 5.30 or 6.30 dinner? I'm assuming that you'll be driving up with the tsuru peeps.

Andy - Thank you. I love the ski trip too! I am assuming that due to Emily's allergies, you'll be eating at 5.30pm.  Are goryu passes fine for you or would you like to go to Happo?

Kathy - I'll be chasing you up for those details later then! And you are more than welcome. I love organizing this trip!
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Events Archive / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2016
« on: November 28, 2015, 11:19:51 PM »
TL:DR

Same as last year. Only differences worth noting are...

1) All prices are the same
2) Two sittings for dinner, 5.30 and 6.30.
3) Happo one passes are available too. You just need your own transport there and back.
4) Kirby!

RSVP in this format

1. Name :
 
2. Which package are you taking? (i.e. staying 2 nights and 2 day pass (Saturday and Sunday) for Hakuba Goryu)
Do you want a double room (limited availability)?
Do you want a quad room (limited availability) ?
 
3. Gear Rental: Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what: (skis,board or blades / boots / clothing)
    Shoe size:  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
    Gloves/Goggles? Size (S/M/L)?
    Helmet? (S/M/L)?
 
4. Lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing? if so, which level? (See below for more details)
 
5. Do you want a polo shirt? A hoodie? What size and name (20 characters max) ?
 
6. Transport Situation? (i.e. got a ride, need a ride, taking the train etc)

7. For Saturday’s dinner, would you like to eat at 5.30pm or 6.30pm?
N.B. Due to the size of our group, those with dietary restrictions will have to eat at the 5.30 sitting.
 
8. Other Information: (planning to stay only one night / vegetarian meals required / etc)
 
If you came last year and want to know your sizes, here is last years list.
 
Jan 2015 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zrqUMcQdOL9LF8HXsI8K1qMxh0pBBXk8_XJI2u513dE/edit?usp=sharing
Feb 2015 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oux_0ALiBeVjuhik3J0xANtD9I0nrNBeagSS2Kddj-E/edit?usp=sharing

 
If you have any questions, read the FAQ and if that doesn't cover it, then ask on here as there are bound to be more people who don't understand!
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Events Archive / YETI Ski Trip 2016
« on: November 28, 2015, 11:19:11 PM »
YETI Ski Trip 2016.
 
What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: January 22nd(pm)-24th/25th 2016
Where: Lady Diana and St. Georges hotel, Hakuba Goryu Resort, Nagano (http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF)
http://www.ladydiana.jp/en/winter/
http://www.hakubaescal.com/winter/foreign/english.html

If you’ve been on the trip before, skip to the post below this one.
 
Costs:
14,000 yen ( 2 nights accommodation), 2 day weekend Ski pass for either Hakuba Goryu/Iimori/47 or Happo one* (+7500), 1 day weekend pass (+4500), Weekday pass (+3000 per day).
1000 yen returnable ski pass deposit (For Goryu)
Double/Twin bedrooms are available at 3000 yen extra (per couple). There are only 2 rooms (perhaps 3), so book early.
One 4 bed room is available for 4,000 yen extra (per 4 people).

*If you are interested in Happo-one passes, please read the FAQ below.
 
Included in that price is Saturday night's party which is held in the function room of the hotel. Things to note about the party...
 
- This year it is nomihoudai again!!!
- There will be a boat race again with America hoping to win.
- Some snacks will be provided.
- Hopefully, we will also have a DJ there too,
 
 
*** YETI members get a 1000 yen discount ***
Rental Gear
 - Skis/Board/Blades + Boots - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
 - Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800
 - Goggles - 500/1000
 - Gloves - 500/1000
 - Lessons – 5250yen for a half day lesson
- Helmet - 1000/2000
 

PLEASE RSVP ASAP or by January 16th. The clothing deadline is Jan 13th.

The Plan:

Friday PM
  • Arrive in Hakuba
  • Check in and pay
  • Socialize

Saturday AM
  • Breakfast
  • Collect your pass and rental gear
  • Meet the instructors and hit the slopes

Saturday PM
  • Onsen, dinner, relax
  • PARTY TIME

Sunday AM
  • Breakfast
  • hit the slopes
  • Or do whatever you want  :-)

Sunday PM
  • Return passes and rental gear
  • Head home unless you're staying an extra day!

Monday     
  • Enjoy your extra day on the slopes

Hey! What am I getting for my money?
- Friday and Saturday night accommodation
- Discounted lift passes
- 3 meals (breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday)
- Saturday night party - Nomihoudai, Boat race, Music and possibly a DJ too.
 
 
For a little extra...
Rental gear and lessons are available for the above prices.
 
The package can be changed depending on how many nights you want to stay. However, let us know in advance especially if you have dietary restrictions.
 
Polo Shirts and Hoodies are also available. More about that later.
 
How do I get there?
By Car: (http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF)

Most people will be travelling by car and carpooling is usually the cheapest option.
 
-Tolls one way are about 3,000yen from the Kofu area (differs according to area).
- For that old-school feel, please see attached files for directions from Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Nagoya. Directions from Chiba are not as detailed though.
- Check out this webcam on route 148 to see realtime weather conditions in the area.
http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcam-hakuba-roads-nagano
 
By Chartered Van / Bus.
 
For those who are not able to get rides, I will help organise transport. This depends on there being a valid-licence holding driver to drive the rental van.
 
Approximate costs:
- Vans from Kofu : 6500 yen round trip or 7500 from Fujiyoshida.
- For those outside Yamanashi, get in touch with your co-ordinators, otherwise myself to make arrangements.
 
By public transport?
Trains from Kofu:
Local :3000 yen one way, 5 hours (Get off at Kamishiro)
Express : 5400 yen one way, 3 hours (Get off at Hakuba)

- Shizuoka
Only expensive train options. Over 10,000yen one way! ShizAJET will be organising cheaper transport.
 
-Nagoya train
 Take an express from Nagoya station to Matsumoto and then a local towards Hakuba, getting off at Kamishiro. Price is approx 6500-7000 yen one way.
 
- Chiba/Tokyo buses (Straight to Hakuba Goryu) http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/hakuba_shinjuku/ (Timetable marked Timetable (Dec. 19, 2015 - Mar. 31, 2016))
http://highway-buses.jp/hakuba/   {As above but in English}
 

Shirt Info
The official YETI Ski trip 2016 polo shirts and hoodies are designed by Ben Lenoir and Katherine Vos! Below is a mockup of how the shirts will look. It is still a work in progress but will hopefully be finished soon.
There is a back and front print, and you can have a name of your choosing printed on the front (limit 20 characters Japanese or Romaji).
 
 
  • Polo Shirt - 3200 yen
  • Hoodie -  4200 yen

The shirts are available from SS to 5L size. Check out your size below before ordering.




Available in the following sizes
 
Polo shirt
           Body     Chest       Shoulder   Sleeve
          Length   Width        Width      Length
            (cm)       (cm)          (cm)          (cm)
 
SS        63           45            40          20
S          67           48            42          21
M         71           51            44          22
L          75           54            46          23
LL        77           57            48          24
3L        78           60            50          24
4L        81           63            52          25
5L        83           66            54          26
 
Hoodie
 
           Body     Chest        Sleeve
          Length   Width        Length
            (cm)     (cm)          (cm)
 
S          62           52           57
M         66           55            60
L          70           58            61
LL        75           63            62
3L        80           68            63
 
 

I'm so down!! What do I do now?
Well the next step is to RSVP! When you RSVP, please tell me the following.
 
RSVP in this format

1. Name :
 
2. Which package are you taking? (i.e. staying 2 nights and 2 day pass (Saturday and Sunday) for Hakuba Goryu)
Do you want a double room (limited availability)?
Do you want a quad room (limited availability) ?
 
3. Gear Rental: Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what: (skis,board or blades / boots / clothing)
    Shoe size:  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
    Gloves/Goggles? Size (S/M/L)?
    Helmet? (S/M/L)?
 
4. Lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing? if so, which level? (See below for more details)
 
5. Do you want a polo shirt? A hoodie? What size and name (20 characters max) ?
 
6. Transport Situation? (i.e. got a ride, need a ride, taking the train etc)

7. For Saturday’s dinner, would you like to eat at 5.30pm or 6.30pm?
N.B. Due to the size of our group, those with dietary restrictions will have to eat at the 5.30 sitting.
 
8. Other Information: (planning to stay only one night / vegetarian meals required / etc)
 
If you came last year and want to know your sizes, here is last years list.
 
Jan 2015 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zrqUMcQdOL9LF8HXsI8K1qMxh0pBBXk8_XJI2u513dE/edit?usp=sharing
Feb 2015 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oux_0ALiBeVjuhik3J0xANtD9I0nrNBeagSS2Kddj-E/edit?usp=sharing

 
If you have any questions, read the FAQ and if that doesn't cover it, then ask on here as there are bound to be more people who don't understand!
 
FAQ
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am working on Saturday!

Fret not. There is an option to stay on the Sunday and Monday. You will just have to get yourselves to Hakuba and I can sort everything out. If there is enough demand from a certain region i.e. Kofu, I can hire a van for the group. Don't forget that you can also stay on Monday, making it a 3-day weekend and enjoy the quieter slopes.
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am terrible at budgeting
Generally, I only take the money when you arrive at the hotel as it is easier for me to collect all the money in one place... well relatively. It also means that certain things can be changed on Friday night if we have the flexibility. However, if you cancel, you will be liable for those things that I have already paid for/ cannot get out of.
If you are having cash flow issues, just let me know and we'll work something out.
This year, a number of people have wanted to pay some/all the money upfront so that they can't spend it. If you want to take this option, you can furikomi the money to me. Just get in touch and I will send you my bank details.
 
Hold on? If I take nenkyuu, can I get in on this Monday option and have a 3 day trip?
Yep, you certainly can. It’ll just cost extra.
 
What is the accommodation like?
Rooms are ensuite ryokan style with heaters, towels, shampoo and body soap. Rooms are generally 5-9 people per room.
Lady Diana has separate sex onsens that will be open for the duration of the trip.
Double/Twin rooms are 3000 yen per room extra (i.e. 1500 per person) but are in limited supply. The one quad bedroom is 1000 yen per person extra.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

I’m interested in the Happo one passes. What’s the deal with that?

Hakuba Goryu/Iimori/47 and three interlinked skifields located about 7 mins walk from our hotel and the pass works on all of the lifts there. The lessons will be held at Iimori ski field.
Happo one is a ski field located about a 15min drive away. If you wish to go there, you’ll need to make sure that you have your own transport. I can do passes for Saturday or Saturday and Sunday, but not Sunday only. You’ll be given a voucher for your pass which is exchanged at Happo with a 500 yen deposit for the pass.
 
What is the sausage room/taco room?
AKA the boys room/girls room. As there are so many people coming from Yamanashi, some of the guys get their own room together, as do the girls. They are affectionately know as the Sausage room and Taco room.

Where do I get my rental equipment?
Your rental equipment will be delivered to the basement of St Georges hotel or outside Lady Diana in the morning and labelled for you. The prices are really low as the equipment is a few years old and will do the job for beginners and casual boarders/skiers. If you are serious about your snow sports and equipment, then you will need to go to the resort plaza and pay serious prices.
 
Here are sample prices
http://spicy.co.jp/en_price/
http://www.hakuba-rental.com/rental-prices-english.php
 
They are roughly 3800-6400/7000-11000 yen for 1day/2days for the good stuff.
 
What if it doesn’t fit?
As always, sizes aren't always exact. Try everything on in the morning and the rental guy(s) will be there to change things for you if need be. Please bear in mind that English may not be their first language. For those of you worried about being extra small/big, don’t worry! We have always been able to accommodate people at the far end of the scale.
 
Here are some conversion charts for you to help you.
 
http://convertalot.com/clothing.html
Mens Shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_mens.htm
Womens shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_womens.htm
 

I have my own coat and stuff. Is it good enough? Or do I go with the rental stuff?
I turn to my good friend Sachi for this…
“You don’t have to rent clothes. If you have a winter jacket, you'd hope it would protect you from snow which occurs in winter. The rental gear option is more for the people that are new to winter sports, or winter in general, that might not have winter equipment. Some ALTs come from tropical climates and would never need to buy useless heavy warm jackets that you might need in your home country. I had never seen snow before I came to Japan and the only time I saw my breath was when I was getting stuff from a freezer. If your gear can handle snow and cold, then there shouldn't be a problem.
 
Don’t forget you will fall over a bit, especially when you're learning, so I highly recommend you double check your shit is waterproof!
 
Sach”
 
I have my own equipment but I can't get it in the car.
Either find someone who can take it up for you, or Kuroneko's Ski Takkyubin delivery service is an option at under 3500 yen return trip for most people. You may need to buy their carrier at 240/500 yen.
 
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/personal/ski/
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/send/ta_q_bin/shinetsu/
 
The address to send it to is
Resort Hotel Lady Diana & St. Georges
22200-75, Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, NAGANO, JAPAN 399-9211
TEL: 0261-753 525
 
Do I need snow tyres? I have never driven in the snow
YES! You can drive on summer tyres if you want and I cannot stop you. However, depending on the weather, the police may be doing spot checks on the expressways and on the way to the ski fields. If you do not have snow tyres, then they will turn you back. This has been the case for three out of the last four years.
Additionally, should you have an accident on summer tyres your insurance will not cover you as someone found out four years back.
Chains are an alternative but best to have them on all four tyres.
If you are not experienced/confident about driving in the snow, just take it easy and be gentle with your braking, acceleration and steering. If cars behind you are pressurising you, then let them pass you.
 
Can I board one day and ski the other?
Of course. Just tell me which day for which, before the RSVP date and the prices will the same.
Changing your mind during the course of the trip may be a little tricky though.

What if I decide not to hit the slopes on the second day? Can I get a refund for my pass/equipment? How about adding an extra day.
If you can tell me ASAP about changes, the easier it is for me to change things. If you want to change things during the trip, it can be tricky. I will have paid for the passes and equipment by the time we are there. As a rule, it is easier to add things than to take them away. Whatever the case, I will do my best.

What if I need extra equipment such as bumpads?

There are shops in the Escal plaza at the bottom of Goryu ski field that can supply you with everything.

What about Luuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnncccccccccccchhhhhhh ™ ?
Lunch?  The ski fields all have a choice of restaurants including a Subway and a Mos Burger and also serve hot drinks and beer. Food ranges from tradition Japanese fare to western dishes too.
Pack enough money to cover your lunch and beverages.

I’ve never seen snow in my life… am I going to fail miserably?
Hells no! Even the pros had to learn somehow. There will always be a friendly face somewhere who will give you a few pointers. Everyone has a different learning curve and you will revel in the camaraderie.

Can I get lessons?
Yes! Three antipodean instructors are booked for Saturday morning, exclusively for beginners. If there is enough demand, afternoon lessons for intermediate and higher will be provided. Pick up is at 8.30am(provisionally) to take you to the bunny slope. SO DON’T GO ON YOUR OWN.  A few years ago, one person decided to go on their own and ended up at the wrong ski field. Please try your stuff early in the morning, before breakfast as it may take some time to change things.
The AM session will be from 9am to 12pm, PM from 1pm to 4pm. Please judge your level on a scale of 0-6 with 0 being total beginner and 6 being advanced when RSVPing. The classes may come down to majority rule.

I don’t really like big parties, what else is there to do on Saturday night?
Not everyone is into drinking and partying. Every year, some people hang out in the lobby upstairs or in their rooms and chat one-to-one or play games. One year, we even had a bible study session. There are options for everyone.


I want to come for the party but don’t want to be on the slopes, what do I do?

Snow penises, movies, knitting, p0rn, play boardgames, borrow a car and visit the beautiful scenery… the options are endless. Last year, 21 people came for the craic.
 
 
So RSVP people as soon as possible and give me as much info as possible. Any questions are welcome.




RSVPs

1.   Abby Morgan
2.   Adrienne Wu
3.   Aki Furukawa
4.   Alex Argyrides
5.   Alex Pianetta
6.   Alex Scandellari
7.   Allen Agunday
8.   Amanda Cooper
9.   Amanda Moran
10.   Amanda Ng
11.   Amanda Ramond
12.   Amihan Mondejar
13.   Amy Adair
14.   Andrew Carlson
15.   Andy Schneider
16.   Andy Shartzer
17.   Anthony Orlando
18.   Anya Destiney
19.   Armand Lubbe
20.   Ashley Hirasuna
21.   Atsutoshi Hoshino
22.   Becca Butler
23.   Becky Robbins
24.   Ben Alex
25.   Ben Mortensen
26.   Ben Palmer
27.   Bethany Melendy
28.   Brian Glynn
29.   Brinna Keillor
30.   Brittany Shows
31.   Bruno Rawson
32.   Cameron Joe
33.   Cameron Vos
34.   Catherine Glen
35.   Cathy Li
36.   Chandler Azling
37.   Charles Fliss
38.   Chris Warnke
39.   Christina Beverly
40.   Claire Seney
41.   CT Chen
42.   Daisuke Naka
43.   Dan Brown
44.   Dan Campbell
45.   Daniel Lawson
46.   Derek Rugge
47.   Elaisha Martis
48.   Ellie Michalik
49.   Elliot Seeto
50.   Emily Mcv
51.   Emily Munro
52.   Emily Schneider
53.   Erin Jones
54.   Esther Rogers
55.   Ethan Armstrong
56.   Evan Schulte
57.   Felice Rafael
58.   Fred De Condappa
59.   Gail Johnson
60.   Geneva Ged
61.   George Fox Leak
62.   George Morganis
63.   Gerard Noakes
64.   Graeme Parker
65.   Hideaki Fujiwara
66.   Hiroshi Suzuki
67.   Hunter West
68.   Jacob Stroth
69.   Jacob Wiering
70.   James Hanlon
71.   Jasmin Lau
72.   Jason Maclellen
73.   Jennifer Rader
74.   Joao Gomes Coelho
75.   Joe Hilt
76.   Jonathan Cosgrove
77.   Joseph McCarthy
78.   Joshua Andrews
79.   Joshua Vuglar
80.   Juli Boucree
81.   Julian Andujar
82.   Julie Mrozinski
83.   Justin Dane
84.   Kaitlyn Smith
85.   Katherine Vos
86.   Kazuma Matsui
87.   Kent Amano
88.   Kevin Gates
89.   Kevin Marr
90.   Kim Fulfs
91.   Kimberly Kemler
92.   Kimmai Vo
93.   Kitty Han
94.   Koji Oishi
95.   Kristen Parrish
96.   Kristina Skilling
97.   Luke Javelle
98.   Margot Seeto
99.   Maria Montcalm
100.   Masushi Mizutani
101.   Matt Bates
102.   May Milkins
103.   Megan Doi
104.   Melinda Marquardt
105.   Michael Sheaf
106.   Michelle Feighney
107.   Mike Ireland
108.   Mireille Lubbe
109.   Misha Pinyo
110.   Nathan Deniston
111.   Nicole Kunihisa
112.   Patrick Hoke
113.   Peter Stanton
114.   Reuben Kosup-Katz
115.   Richard Yates
116.   Robert Waldrep
117.   Rosanna Tang
118.   Sabrina Cramer
119.   Sairus Delaney
120.   Sara Wells
121.   Scott Farley
122.   Sean J Grannum
123.   Sean Logfren
124.   Sho Cereste
125.   Stephanie Brisendine
126.   Stephen Jackel
127.   Taylor Welsh
128.   Thomas Davis-Marin
129.   Tom Taylor
130.   Tristian Reid
131.   Vivian Leung
132.   Vong Lor
133.   Will Harell
134.   Wing-wong Hu
135.   Xavier Griffiths
136.   Yaroslava Timoshenko
137.   Yosuke Nomura
138.   Yudai Tanaka
139.   Yuji Okuda
140.   Yuto Kitta
141.   Zie Ira

Dietary Needs

Gail Johnson - Vegetarian                ベジタリアン
Peter Stanton – Vegetarian               ベジタリアン
Joao Gomes Coelho – Vegetarian  ベジタリアン
Mireille Lubbe - Vegetarian (Fish is OK)          ベジタリアン(魚が大丈夫)
 Amanda Ramond - Vegetarian but Pescatarian is ok           ベジタリアン(魚菜食が大丈夫)
Joshua Andrews - Pescatarian (Main meal but no pork)        ベジタリアン(主食は魚菜食が大丈夫)
Sean Logfren – Pescatarian            ベジタリアン(魚菜食が大丈夫)
Emily Schneider - No shellfish (Vegetarian)                 貝類[甲殻類]アレルギー及びベジタリア
May Milkins - No seafood                  海鮮類は禁止
Jacob Wiering - Shellfish allergy     貝類[甲殻類]アレルギー・
Amy Adair - allergies (milk, cream, mayo, nuts)           アレルギー(牛乳、クリーム、マヨネーズ、ナッツ)
Catherine Glen - Lactose intolerant, so no cream based foods    乳糖不耐症でクリーム入りの食べ物が禁止
Katherine Vos - No peanuts              ピーナッツが禁止
Daniel Lawson - Gluten-free diet (Main meal)    グルテンを含まない食事(主食は特に)
Zie Ira - No pork 豚肉 が禁止



Lessons


 
Boarding
Anya Destiney - 1
Kristen Parrish - 1
Stephanie Brisendine - 0
Felice Rafael - 1
May Milkins - 1
Xavier Griffiths - 0
Nicole Kunihisa - 0
Brittany Shows - 0
Amanda Ng - 0
Gail Johnson - 0
Emily Mcveigh - 0
Ashley Hirasuna - 0
Vong Lor - 1
Amy Adair - 2
Margot Seeto - 0
Elliot Seeto - 4?
Becky Robbins - 2
CT Chen -2

Skiing
Wing-Wong Hu - 1
Vivian Leung -0
George Morganis - 1
George Fox Leak - 0
Yuji Okuda - 0
Maria Montcalm - 0
Joshua Vuglar - 0
Michelle Feighney - 0
Jennifer Rader - 0
Taylor Welsh - 0
Sean Logfren - 0


Clothing
 
Hoodies
 

*Stephen Jackel - L - スティーブン
*Ellie Michalik -  M - no text
*Claire Seney - LL - Claire
*Jeff Moses - LL - No text
*Kaitlyn Smith - S
*Rosanna Tang - L - Rose
*Andy Shartzer - L - アンディ
*James Hanlon - M - ジェームズ
*Megan Doi - S - 土井
*Becky Robbins - M - ベッキー
*Thomas Davis-Marin - L - Thomas
*Ben Lenoir - L - H.B.I.C
*Ethan Armstrong - L - Athorell
*Katherine Vos -  L - キャサリン
*Lindsay Belone - LL - リンジー Izzy ベローン
*May Milkins - S
*Kimmai Vo - M - Kimmai
*Nicole Kunihisa - LL - Niko
*Fred - LL - 風烈斗
*Erin Jones - LL
*Sara Wells - 3L - サラ
*Josh Norris - LL - ドクター悪
*Brian Glynn - LL - JaPow
*Kim Fulfs - 3L - Kim
*Koji Oishi - M - KOJI OISHI
*Hiroshi Suzuki - LL - Hiroshi Suzuki
*Elliot Seeto - LL - Elliot


Polos

Fred - LL - TBD

*Vivian Leung - S - Vivian Leung
*Bethany Melendy - LL - Bethany
*Claire Seney - LL- クレア
*Chrissie Beverley - M - Chrissie Beverley
*Jeff Moses - LL - No text
*Jennifer Rader - L - Rader
*Fred - LL - 風烈斗
*Elaisha Martis-Geor - M - チョコレイシャ
*Yosuke Nomura - S - YOSUKE
*Charles Fliss - L - チャールズ



Double Rooms (First come basis, 3 rooms)

Andy and Emily Schneider (Room 305)
Armand and Mireille Lubbe (Room 308)
Ben Mortensen and Erin Jones (Room 306)



Quad Room
Daniel Lawson
May Milkins
Jasmin Lau
Andy Shartzer









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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / 2015 Summer fireworks
« on: July 21, 2015, 06:35:03 PM »
Hey everyone, here are this years firework festivals in Yamanashi, taken from http://hanabi.walkerplus.com/list/ar0419/

The next big one is the Yamanashi shi one which is always fun as it is in my neck of the woods!

July 25 (Sat) 2015   58th Fuefukigawa summer evening fireworks, Yamanashi-Shi
About 3000 fireworks

August 1 (Sat) 2015   Lake Yamanaka Homizuumi-sai,   Minamitsuru Gun Yamanakako Village
about 8000 fireworks in 4 places

August 1 (Sat) 2015   Yatsugatake Horse Show in Kobuchizawa, Hokuto
1500 fireworks

August 2 (Sun) 2015   Lake Saiko - Dragon Palace Festival fireworks, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
700 fireworks

August 3 (Mon) 2015   Lake Motosu,   Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
1000 fireworks

August 4 (Tue) 2015   Lake Shoji Ryomizuumi-sai, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
300 fireworks

August 5 (Wed) 2015   Lake Kawaguchiko Festival, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
About 10,000 fireworks (total)

August 7 2015 (Fri)   Ichikawamisato-cho’s 10th Anniversary, 26th Jinmei Festival,Nishiyatsushiro Gun Ichikawa Misato
About 20 000 fireworks

August 8 (Sat) 2015   38th Oshino Hakkai Festival, Minamitsuru, Oshino-Village
4888 fireworks

August 15 (Sat) 2015   Nanbu Fire Festival, Minamikoma Gun, Nanbu
About 3000 fireworks

August 16 (Sun) 2015   Takeda Jinbotsu Shoshi fireworks, Nirasaki
About 6600 fireworks

August 21 (Fri) 2015   51st  Isawa Onsen fireworks festival, Fuefuki, Isawa Onsen
About 10 000 fireworks

August 21st (Fri) – 23rd (Sun) Fujikyu Highland Evening fireworks.
Unknown (Secret?) number of fireworks.




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Events Archive / Re: YETI Idol
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:59:51 PM »
I'm in as a spectator... luckily I will not be subjecting you to my screeching singing  :-X
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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Ski Trip II - A Good Day to Ski Hard
« on: February 01, 2015, 12:03:57 AM »
Done and done. Get back to me if you can get the nenkyuu sorted out.

Also, Emily still has a shellfish allergy right?
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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Ski Trip II - A Good Day to Ski Hard
« on: January 31, 2015, 04:08:28 PM »
Sorry about the the lack of life pass prices, but I have been waiting on them for 4 days, ready to launch this trip and I am still waiting.  :-(
They should hopefully be less than January's prices. So no more than 4500/7500 yen for one/two day passes which are normally 5000/9000 yen.

As soon as I get them, I'll put them up...
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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Ski Trip II - A Good Day to Ski Hard
« on: January 31, 2015, 04:00:53 PM »
***** Places will be allocated based on how quickly I receive your RSVP. A full RSVP is required; minor details can be adjusted later. Places are allocated chronologically*****

--- Please RSVP to me (Fred), otherwise.. ---
--- In Chiba, RSVP to Rochelle Zheng/Rebecca O’Neil ---
--- In Gunma, RSVP to Hannah Croucher ---
--- In Ishikawa, RSVP to Ishikawa AJET/Dan Campbell/Gerard Noakes ---
--- In Shizuoka, RSVP to Jeffrey Moses ---


==== You are more than welcome to invite your friends too! ====



What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: February 27th (pm) – March 1st, 2015
Where: Aqua Alpine Hotel (http://www.aquaalpine.com/ - First 65 spaces) http://goo.gl/maps/W7sjE
Lady Diana and St. Georges (Overflow) http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF
 
2-night hotel stay - 16,000 yen (Sat.& Sun. breakfast, Sat. dinner)
3-night hotel stay - 19,500 yen (3 breakfasts, Sat. dinner, no Sun. dinner)
Goryu pass (1/2/3 days)  - xxxx/xxxx/xxxx yen
Happo pass (1/2/3 days)  - xxxx/xxxx/xxxx yen

I am using the same rental company as before, so the prices are:

Ski/Board + Boots - 1800/2800/3800 yen for 1/2/3 days
Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800/3800 yen for 1/2/3 days
Goggles  - 500/1000/1500 yen for 1/2/3 days
Gloves  - 500/1000/1500 yen for 1/2/3 days
Helmet - 1000/2000/3000 yen for 1/2/3 days



There is a more detailed explanation below, but here is the basic RSVP format:

1. Name:
2. Which nights are you staying? Fri. and Sat. only or Fri.,Sat. and Sun.?
3. What Ski pass do you want? 0/1/2/3-day pass? Would you like to go to Happo?
3. Gear Rental : Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what : (skis or board / boots / clothing etc)
    Shoe size :  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes Sizes – Please provide Japanese sizes, if possible
    Gloves/Goggles
    Helmet (Small / Medium / Large)
4. Transport: required / not required / a friend is driving me
5. Do you have any dietary needs?
6. Skiing/Snowboarding lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing, and what level are you? (Beginner 1/2, Intermediate 3/4, Advanced 5/6)
7. Do you want to get a hoodie or polo from the January trip? If so, what size and what name do you want to personalise it with (maximum 20 characters)?
8. Other information or requests (roommate requests, do you have a Japanese driver’s license or IDP, etc.)?




Need to know more?

The February Ski trip will be generally the same format as the January trip, so for those of who did not go on it, click the link below for the full explanation of January’s event.
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9213.0

The main differences are that we are staying at the Aqua Alpine Hotel, which is a 4-star hotel but no nomihoudai party.  A few of you have already been there, so will know how sweet it is and it is only a few minutes walk from the slopes. It is the top-rated hotel in all of Hakuba on tripadvisor.com.   
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1120615-d1234902-Reviews-Aqua_Alpine_Hotel-Hakuba_mura_Kitaazumi_gun_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html

This year, we’ve got the entire hotel to ourselves, which means there are 65 spots available. As this is a 4-star hotel, the rooms will have extra futons in them to bring the price down to something affordable. The package includes 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts and dinner on Saturday night. Normally, the prices are 14,000 to 23,000 yen per person per night!

Also, I have 10 spots open for a third night (Sunday). This does not include dinner, but we can eat at the restaurant or go out to a local restaurant.
After the first 65 spots are taken, any further guests will be placed at Lady Diana's (the same place as the January trip). There are no Double/Quad/Single night options at Aqua Alpine, but if we use Lady Diana, they will be these options.

There is no party room at the hotel. However, we can use the facilities of the hotel, including the lounge, bar and pool room. The bar will run happy hour for us all weekend.
Also, I have been sourcing tickets to Happo-One as priced above. Let me know if you are interested.

I can offer a 3-hour beginner lesson for 5250 yen on Saturday morning. I have hired one instructor for skiing and one for snowboarding.
Outside of this, the going rate is 6000 yen per person for a 2-hour lesson. This can cover all levels and can be taken on Saturday/Sunday in either the morning or the afternoon.
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Events Archive / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2015
« on: January 28, 2015, 09:22:46 AM »
Morning Everyone,
I thought I’d send you a quick post trip message….

Firstly,  thank you to everybody who came on the trip this year. We had 114 people, which was a new record and it went pretty smoothly.
As is inevitable with a trip this big, there were a few hiccups along the way, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed quickly.

Conditions were pretty good on the slopes and Sunday was especially good.
The party was hectic! Plenty of people dancing, plenty of games too. The Rest of the World took back the boat race crown in a very very tense race, which I am obviously happy about!

I also want to give a big shout out to all the people who helped out, before and during the trip. From those who helped to  co-ordinate RSVPs and transport, those who helped with setting up and tidying up the hotel and all the little things in-between, it made the trip the success that it was. Thank you ever so much.

Finally, three things….
1. The 2nd ski trip will be coming up soon! 65 spots at Aqua Alpine and currently negotiating the ability to stay a 3rd night too! Should be up this evening when I get some prices finalized.
2. I am still taking orders for hoodies and polos. I have to do a second run and if you want one, let me know.
3. Let me know if you forgot anything and I’ll see if I can find it.
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Events Archive / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2015
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:50:49 PM »
Hi Everyone,

This should be the last update on the trip now and it looks like it is going to be a record breaker with 114 people! Anyway, here is everything you need to know

1) Getting to the trip
Googlemaps link : http://goo.gl/maps/VJjnK
Roads are looking pretty clear at the moment and according to the current forecast, driving conditions are good.
For those of you who aren't experienced with driving in snow, just drive within your limits. Remember that gentle inputs are best and leave a bigger gap between cars as  braking distances will be longer. There is no shame in letting other cars overtake you either!

Also, old school printable instructions for those without GPS or want to program a Navi for Lady Diana.If you are using the Chuo Expressway (Yamanashi/Shizuoka/Kanagawa and Tokyo), use this link
http://yetijapan.com/docs/ski_trip_2014/Hakuba%20trip%20direction%20-%20Yamanashi+Shizuoka+Kanagawa+Tokyo%20-%20Feb%2019th%202014.pdf
If using the Kan-etsu/Joshin-etsu expressway (Gunma/Chiba and possibly Saitama/Tokyo), use this link
http://yetijapan.com/docs/ski_trip_2014/Hakuba%20trip%20direction%20-%20Chiba+Gunma+Saitama+Ishikawa%20-%20Feb%2019th%202014.pdf

Ishikawa peeps, sorry but I’m not sure which direction you’ll be coming from. Either document will give you detailed instruction for the final part.
Hakuba Road webcam : http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcam-hakuba-roads-nagano

2) The hotel is providing body soap, shampoo, conditioner and towels, so you don't need to pack that.

3) Rentals, Clothing orders, Special Dietary needs
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zrqUMcQdOL9LF8HXsI8K1qMxh0pBBXk8_XJI2u513dE/edit?usp=sharing

4) Room allocations.
I've done the allocations to the best of my knowledge and honoured all of the requests. It takes an awfully long time to do. If you want to swap rooms, feel free to. However, I will not have the time to help you with that.


St Georges

Room 11
Angela Donley
Ellie Michalik
Kaitlyn Smith
Kristen Roth
Melinda Marquardt
Rebecca O'Neil
Rochelle Zheng
Victoria Vlisides
 
Room 12
Anthony Orlando
Glenn Thomas
Howard Lofland
Hunter West
Jackie Lewis
Julian Andujar
Kevin Marr
Mario
Todd
 
Room 23
Amy Adair
Ashly Schanback
Becky Robbins
Ben Nguyen
Cecilia Chu
Hamish Watt
Hannah Croucher
Joshua Andrews
Kimberly Smith
Kristen Mancini
Kristin Wilson
Machiko Fujimoto
Mitch Goddard
Owen Littmann
Peter Frazer
Robbie Blackburn
Sarah Anderson
Shohei Cereste
 
Room 25
Amanda Ng
Brinna Keillor
Frances Vistaner
Hiroko Matsuda
Kanako Kura
Kira Richards
Sarah Meadley
Yaroslava Timoshenko
 
Room 26
Adam Chantri
Ben Palmer
Dan Campbell
Joshua Franklin
Victor Chuah
 
Room 27
Ryan Walker
Victor Pope
Wagner Soto
Kelley Lynch
Katie Autry
Scott Farley

Lady Diana
 
Room 307
Erin Jones
Alejandra Torrero
Karen Duong
Megan Doi
Ann Duong
Allison Lewis
Amanda Ramond
Sara Wells
Lauren Kawamura
Kimmai Vo
Bethany Melendy

 
Room 308
Katherine Vos
Stephen Jackel
 
Room 310
Chris Odom
Ed Cary
Luke Javelle
Phil Holliday
Andy Shartzer
Ben Franks
Aaron Wilson
Frank Lee
Sairus Delaney
 
Room 311
Tessa Filby
Chris Moon
Daniel Lawson
Ruby Harris
 
Room 305
Andy Schneider
Emily Schneider
 
Room 306
Pat Penny
Sam Corpuz
 
Room 303
Amina Dante
Elaisha Martis-Geor
Carrie Hartinger
Katrina Caudill
 
Room 302
Rosanna Tang
Anya Destiney
Ben Lenoir
Claire Seney
Josh Anthony
Taylor Welsh
 
Room 301
Fred
Nick Bukowski
Hideaki Fujiwara
Hiroshi Misawa
Mike Martin
 
Room 201
Charlie Cook
Mako Shirakawa
Jerry Rock-Archer
Matthew Storry
 
Room 101
Ali Cameron
Junko Kimura
 
Room 102
Maik Vleck
Natsumi Honda
 
Room 106
DC
Atsutoshi Hoshino
Nick
Adam
Allen Agunday
Josh Walters
Nathan Post


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Events Archive / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2015
« on: January 19, 2015, 02:49:46 AM »
Hi Everyone,
Only a few days to go and a few things for you.

1) Currently, we are sitting at 107 RSVPs which means we have some space at the hotel if you want to join us. Just get in touch with me.
If you cancel now, there may be a small cancellation fee depending on what the companies say.

2) If you are renting, have dietary needs or ordered lessons, please check out the following google doc and get back to me by Wednesday morning and it'll get adjusted accordingly.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zrqUMcQdOL9LF8HXsI8K1qMxh0pBBXk8_XJI2u513dE/edit?usp=sharing

3) If you want a hoodie/polo, get in touch and I will ring the printers and see if we can do a last minute order.

4) There are still spots open for the beginner lessons for both boarding and skiing. 5250 yen for 3 hours instruction. Intermediate and above will be the market rate of 6000 yen for 2 hours.

5)   The room allocations will be decided on Wednesday night and then posted for you.

6)   A lot of you have been asking about the second ski trip and it is scheduled for the weekend of Feb 28th/March 1st. There are 65 spaces at the Aqua Alpine hotel and an event will be launched soon. We have the whole hotel this time! So write that in your diary!

7)   Looks like we are looking at good driving conditions for the friday night as no real snowforecast. Guess we'll have to keep checking it.
http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Hakuba47/6day/mid
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Events Archive / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2015
« on: January 16, 2015, 08:51:20 AM »
Hi Everyone!
Well, the ski trip is only just over a week away and things are going well. We only have about 14 spots left and they are slowly being filled!

Please get in touch if you want to take one of those spots. If you want a hoodie/polo, just let me know and I'll talk to the printer and see if we can squeeze your order in.

Also, I talked to the owner and I can also get passes to Hakuba Happo-one resort for the same price as Goryu! Its about 7km away from the hotel and although there are buses (apparently) it would be best to go there by car.
I can get passes for Sat or Sat+Sun.
If you want to go, just let myself know and I can change it for you.

In the days running up to the 23rd, I'll be posting a bunch of things, so keep your eyes out for them!
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